As the cars your company owns and operates say a lot about your business as a whole, it’s worth keeping them in good condition throughout the winter. Easier said than done? Perhaps, but there’s nothing to say that with a little TLC, you can’t keep your company cars in superb condition throughout the worst of the weather.
Here’s a rundown of just a few tips for keeping company cars in good (or at least better!) condition during the winter:
1. Rubber Mats
First of all, your carpets are 100% guaranteed to end up 100% vile and ghastly by the time the winter weather is done with them. What’s more, there’s no realistic way of keeping them clean and pristine along the way. As such, it’s a good idea to swap out any carpet mats currently installed for protective rubber mats. This way, all you need to do is give them a quick rinse from time to time to have them looking as good as new!
2. Proactive Parking
Be sure to think carefully about where you park your cars while not in use over the winter. You need to be thinking not only of the weather itself, but the possibility that your cars will be splattered and splashed by passing traffic, blasted with grit from highways maintenance vehicles and generally put through the wars on a daily basis. The more you can keep them out of harm’s way, the better.
3. Regular Rinsing
While it’s probably not worth intensively polishing and detailing your company cars while the weather is awful, it’s important to at least show them a little TLC. Specifically, be sure to get into the habit of rinsing them down on a regular basis, if only to get rid of the kind of salt and other grime that could lead to damage if left to its own devices. Detergents are optional – rinsing most certainly isn’t!
4. Dry Thoroughly
And neither for that matters is drying, which is mandatory every time you rinse your cars. Any water and/or detergent that’s left on your car during the winter months can both lead to unsightly marks and cause damage, so it’s a good idea to make with the towels and ensure it’s dry. Or better yet, take it through an automatic car wash/rinse that gives it a nice blow-dry!
5. Drive Carefully
The more aggressively and erratically you drive, the more dirt, grime, grease, salt and so on you’re going to blast all over your own car. By contrast, drive carefully in poor weather conditions and you’re much less likely to come out with a car that looks tragically worse for wear.
6. Drive Less
Last but not least, the very best way of keeping your cars in the best condition possible and as safe as can be is to avoid using them at all, where possible. For obvious reasons, public roads become massively more dangerous and dirty during the winter months – avoiding them at all costs isn’t necessarily a bad idea!
For more cleaning advice and tips, speak to the experts on 0161 491 4477.